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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Call: Ideas for Horizon 2020 bids?

17 February 2014

The UCL European Institute offers to facilitate discussions that may lead to collaborative bids

The European Commission has recently published the first Work Programmes and Calls for Proposals under its new flagship Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. It is the biggest such programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

As with the previous Framework Programmes, H2020 involves a complex application process and the collaboration of many partners. The European Institute offers UCL research staff a platform to discuss and develop project ideas that are very broadly speaking Europe-related, particularly from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

We do not offer expert support with or advice on the proposal writing stage, although we will offer links with UCL offices that do. Above all, we wish to stimulate, brainstorm and support the development of ideas and intellectual rationales that have the potential to develop into H2020 bids.

If you are interested in taking part in such exploratory discussions, please email us with a brief outline of your research interest and proposal idea.

Relevant Calls:

Horizon 2020 no longer provides a separate pillar to social science/humanities areas; these have instead been integrated into all other areas, making them harder to identify. With the help of UCL's European Research and Innovation Office we have extracted a summary of calls (with deadlines 2014 and 2015), which might be of particular interest. Below an excerpt of these - the full list is available upon request.

  • REFLECTIVE-2-2015: Emergence and transmission of European cultural heritage and Europeanisation
  • REFLECTIVE-3-2015: European cohesion, regional and urban policies and the perceptions of Europe
  • REFLECTIVE-4-2015: Cultural opposition in the former socialist countries
  • REFLECTIVE-6-2015: Innovation ecosystems of digital cultural assets
  • EURO-1-2014: Resilient and sustainable economic and monetary union in Europe
  • EURO-3-2014: European societies after the crisis
  • EURO-4-2014: Political challenges for Europe
  • INT-3-2015: Europe's contribution to a value-based global order and its contestants
  • INT-8-2015: The European Union and the Eastern Partnership